For nearly 10 years, I’ve written and published hundreds of travel articles for CNN, National Geographic, USA Today, LA Times, Lonely Planet, Fodor’s, Orbitz, Frommers, and Travel Weekly. For that last five years, I’ve served as the monthly travel columnist for Paste Magazine (8 million readers), which has taken me to six continents and dozens of countries. For my most recent articles, click here. For some of my favorites, consider these:
Best of 2022
- When traveling this year, don’t over prepare. Just go.
- Hiking Half Dome, America’s Most Demanding-and Perhaps Deadliest-Day Hike
- This Cheap, Doctor-Recommended Way of Turning Coach into First-Class Could Change How You Travel
- Stop Underrating Brazil: Here’s Why You Shouldn’t Avoid South America’s Jewel
- A Tale of Two Canyons: One Colossal, One Confined, Both Awe-Inspiring
- Misjudging Madrid on Foot, Scooter, and Bougie Range Rover
- Hawaii: Seven Days, Four Islands, One Cruise
- It’s Okay to Just Hang Out at the Hotel and Do Absolutely Nothing on Vacation
- Despite Significant Delays, We Still Enjoyed America’s Most Scenic Train Ride
- 5 Cool Things about Virgin Voyages, the New Adults-Only Cruise Line
- Loyalty in Lisbon: Going to Portugal with Travel’s Largest Points Program
- You Don’t Have to Be a Patriot to Love Washington, D.C.
- Say Hello to America’s Newest National Park, New River Gorge
- 5 reasons to unwind at Cancun’s “newest” all-inclusive resort
- The 20 Best National Parks in America
- Here’s Why Mexico City Is One of the Trendiest Places to Visit Right Now
- Explore Utah with these proven transportation tips
- Everything you need to know before visiting: Table Mountain | Christ The Redeemer
Earlier this year, I was enthralled by CNN’s excellent and Tom Hanks-produced miniseries on modern history, so much so that I binged them all during two long haul flights.
The first one I watched, The Nineties, was about my adolescence and it did not disappoint. In only seven sentences, this is how the documentary summarized the decade:
- TV: The decade starts with “The Simpsons,” ends with “The Sopranos,” and MTV permeates Generation X eyeballs with “reality TV” while cable news sensationalizes everything.
- Music: Nirvana releases “Smells Like Teen Spirit” and Generation X finally feels heard. Women become the “latest trend in rock” and gangsta rap takes over.
- Politics: Bill Clinton rides into the White House on a wave of hope, but his presidency is soon weighed down by scandal and staunch Republican opposition.
- Globalization: The Soviet Union collapses and world leaders attempt to shape a New World Order. Nelson Mandela is freed and Saddam Hussein invades Kuwait.
- Information Age: Computers go mainstream and the Information Age begins. Microsoft takes over everything and a new thing called the internet connects the world.
- Terrorism: The radical right gains steam, with extremist elements carrying out acts of domestic terrorism. The Unabomber terrorizes the country.
- Division: Racial issues erupt across the country. The police beating of Rodney King sparks the L.A. riots. The O.J. Simpson trial captivates the nation.
Not a bad recap for a fast-moving documentary about a forward-thinking decade. 4/5 stars.
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After visiting CNN.com yesterday for the first time in over a year, I stumbled upon this interesting poll: 92 percent of Americans admit to being liars, 2 percent lie about being liars, and 6 percent admit to lying while polling. Now you know.